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Manhattan: Glass House Tavern252 W. 47th St. , Phone: 212.730.4800
Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #3915
Pretty, modern atmosphere good food, reasonable wine list, and prix fixe options that won't break the bank - a worthwhile theatre district stop.
Directions: On 47th street between 7th and 8th avenues, on the south side of the street.
Six friends enjoyed dinner here before a mid-week show and you'd think with six of us, we'd have some serious variation on the menu but not so. Three ordered the grilled salmon entree and three the grouper special, served over broccoli raab, white beans and pancetta and we all enjoyed our entrees.
To start our appetizers though we did have some variation with two of us sharing a Caesar salad, two sharing the bibb salad, one having the soup of the day (a green lentil) and one having the tomato mozzarella salad. The restaurant split the shared salads in the kitchen and the portions served were definitely large enough. I couldn't imagine ordering an entire salad as an entree. I found my bibb salad a bit overdressed but otherwise enjoyable.
The desserts also looked good but one thing we realized when they were served, was that the two women who ordered off the price fix menu, had a smaller portion than the one who ordered off the standard menu - it never occurred to me that a restaurant would do this but I guess they need to save money somewhere. I don't recall there being a difference in the entree sizes. In addition to the three desserts, we all enjoyed either coffee(1), cappuccino(1), espresso(1) or dessert martinis(3).
This, with a round of pre-dinner martinis (at a pricy $15 each, roughly) and $50+ bottle of wine came to $80 each, including tip. If we had skipped the martinis, I think we could have easily gotten out of there in the $50 - $60 per person range.
The service was attentive without being overbearing. We never felt rushed and with an early reservation (5:30pm), we had plenty of time to chat and linger before our 8pm show.
The room was pretty, and as the restaurant filled up, we never felt it overly loud. Conversation was easy at our comfortable, round table.
Next time I return to the theatre district for a show, I would return to the Glass House Tavern.
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